Sunday, 21 February 2010

Yangshuo, Guilin, China - Gong Xi Fa Cai! Xian Nian Kuai Le!

We were fortunate to spend Chinese New Year in Yangshuo near Guilin.  Flights to major Chinese destinations are typically much cheaper if you leave from Shenzen in mainland China VS Hong Kong.  To get there we took the Trans-Island Chinalink bus from Hong Kong directly to Shenzen Airport (u$d13) which only took 75 minutes including clearing customs & immigration (estimated time is 2 hours).  We ended up being at the airport 3.5 hours before our flight which is a record for this last minute merchant.  The flight to Guilin is less than 1 hour (u$d106ew)  

It was bloody cold i.e. 2 Celcius when we arrived but thankfully it warmed up 16 Celcius a few days later.  As you can see below the place is 'easy on the eyes'

Guilin, China
Yangshuo, China

The Silver Caves


The best way to see  the countryside is to rent a bike for u$d3 per day. You can also take a 2 hour bamboo raft trip thru some spectacular scenery for u$d20

 Our accomodation cost double the usual rate being it was New Years but still ended up being only u$d20 per night. 

The local specialty food wise is 'beer fish' (fish cooked with herbs n' spices n' beer) - delicious!  
They also eat a lot of frogs, snails and even some dog. 
Lucky Dog

 Unlucky Dog!


It's a tough job but someone has to report this stuff! - Happy Chinese New Year. Happy Year of the Tiger. 'Gong Xi Fa Cai! Xian Nian Kuai Le!'

Tags: ..Yangshuo, Guilin, Lijiang, China - Gong Xi Fa Cai! Xian Nian Kuai Le!..

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fiLi - 安斐理 February 21, 2010 4:41 pm  

Damn. Beautiful photos. Really makes me want to go...

Which bus did you catch to Shenzhen airport? where from?

Quickroute February 21, 2010 7:31 pm  

@ Fili: Thnx - google "trans island china link" There is a ticket office opposite Starbucks in the Elements mall, Kowloon & they also leave from Wan Chai - we travelled early a.m. so it was very quick (75 mins)but estimated time is 2 hours

fiLi - 安斐理 February 21, 2010 8:38 pm  

Oh, brilliant. Looked that up. I had no idea Trans Island has a bus going from downtown with a stop at Kowloon Tong. Very convenient for someone coming from Sai Kung. Thx!

Quickroute February 21, 2010 8:59 pm  

@ Fili: It very well run with reps each leg of the way. I think there also used to be a ferry from TST to somewhere near Shenzen airport (free shuttle) but seems to be cancelled due to dock repair work

Stevo February 21, 2010 9:58 pm  

Great shots.

You had sunshine? Lucky dog. I haven't seen the sun in so long I think it no longer exists.

Quickroute February 21, 2010 10:19 pm  

@ Stevo: The last 2 days were sunny and warm - the first 5 were cold and misty

Fida February 21, 2010 11:33 pm  

Those photos are astonishingly beautiful though I think the dog and frog comments and pictures don't belong in that post ;-)

Quickroute February 22, 2010 1:09 am  

@ Fida: Got to show the good, the bad and the ugly!

Julian February 22, 2010 1:34 am  

You were really lucky with the weather. We only had about one day of sunshine during spring festival here in Guilin... now that the work started again its warm, of course.

If you're in the area the next time, drop us a message. Perhaps we have a hiking tour to the countryside scheduled that you might want to join.

nick February 22, 2010 4:38 am  

Spectacular scenery as always. I love those strange humpy little hills. But those poor dogs. Can dog-meat really be worth eating anyway? I fancy the step to the moon. It must be a mighty big step.

Quickroute February 22, 2010 6:33 am  

@ Julian: Cool thnx - I have a feeling I'll be back

@ Nick: I wouldn't fancy the dog meself - these poor critters looked scrawny too. Moon walking is dangerous!

姍姍 February 22, 2010 8:24 pm  

Beautiful! Guilin is on my list too, waiting for some cheap ticket to fly there.

Quickroute February 22, 2010 10:15 pm  

@ 姍姍 (Venny): Try flying into Guangzhou or Shenzen and then connecting - may be cheaper than direct flight

Nicole February 22, 2010 11:57 pm  

Gosh, you guys are so lucky, no?
What a gorgeous place. Makes me bite my butt even more that we didn't go to China while in Korea, sigh.
Those sign are hilarious.
The dog treatment,..., well, pretty much the same in Korea, sigh.

Baino February 24, 2010 2:54 am  

Awesome Quicky. Especially the colour in the caves/rocks whatever. Really must learn some geography how come the river valleys are so flat? Perhaps they're not river valleys. As for the poor little dogs, apparently the Chinese are pushing legislation through to ban the cooking of dogs and cats. I wonder if they'll be successful? Gorgeous photos. Now I'm hungry, it's 6:54 and time for dinner.

Quickroute February 24, 2010 5:35 am  

@ Nicole: It always good to have an excuse to back out this way

@ Baino: I hope the legislation is successful but there is a long tradition here of eating the poor little critters so it will be difficult

Niamh February 24, 2010 4:22 pm  

Beautiful! Yet another reason to go back to China, could probably spend years travelling there and never see it all - we can but try:)I like the signs, I know they're trying to 'fix' all of them but who wants correct grammar everywhere!

Quickroute February 24, 2010 6:34 pm  

@ Niamh: it's a huge country alright and a lot of it is way off the beaten tourist trek. Just need to find the time and money to explore it!

姍姍 February 25, 2010 9:50 pm  

hi, i'm planning a family trip to china somewhere this/next year. how many days do you think it's good to cover guilin/yangshuo? would you mind sharing your itinerary? thanks a lot!

Quickroute February 25, 2010 10:53 pm  

@ 姍姍 (Venny): Guilin is a pleasant enough city but it's the karst landscape around it which is the attraction. The same landscape is in Yangshuo which has a small town feel to it so I would say max 2 days in Guilin and 5 days in Yangshuo.

We booked a taxi from Guilin airport direct to Yangshuo for 270 Yuan and spent 5 days there. Then took a bus 15 Yuan to Guilin and spent 2 days before flying home.

shoot me an email if you have any more Q's

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